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Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime (Hardback)
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Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 17/05/2018
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The definitive history of the most innovative, thrilling and controversial music of the 21st Century - grime.

DIZZEE RASCAL. WILEY. KANO. STORMZY. SKEPTA. JME. SHYSTIE. WRETCH 32. GHETTS. LETHAL BIZZLE. TINCHY STRYDER. DURRTY GOODZ. DEVLIN. D DOUBLE E. CRAZY TITCH. ROLL DEEP. PAY AS U GO. NASTY CREW. RUFF SQWAD. BOY BETTER KNOW.

The year 2000. As Britain celebrates the new millennium, something is stirring in the crumbling council estates of inner-city London. Making beats on stolen software, spitting lyrics on tower block rooftops and beaming out signals from pirate-radio aerials, a group of teenagers raised on UK garage, American hip-hop and Jamaican reggae stumble upon a dazzling new genre.

Against all odds, these young MCs will grow up to become some of the UK's most famous musicians, scoring number one records and dominating British pop culture for years to come. Hip-hop royalty will fawn over them, billion dollar brands will queue up to beg for their endorsements and through their determined DIY ethics they'll turn the music industry's logic on its head.

But getting there won't be easy. Successive governments will attempt to control their music, their behaviour and even their clothes. The media will demonise them and the police will shut down their clubs. National radio stations and live music venues will ban them. There will be riots, fighting in the streets, even murder. And the inner-city landscape that shaped them will be changed beyond all recognition.

Drawn from over a decade of in depth interviews and research with all the key MCs, DJs and industry players, in this extraordinary book the UK's best grime journalist Dan Hancox tells the remarkable story of how a group of outsiders went on to create a genre that has become a British institution. Here, for the first time, is the full story of grime.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008257132
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 33 mm
Edition: ePub edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

`Grime is the sound of 21st century protest. Inner City Pressure is essential reading from a superb writer on the political awakening of a generation' Owen Jones

`The story of UK grime in the 21st century is a story that is bigger than just the music. Dan Hancox charts this remarkable story from pirate radio to the front pages. This is a story that deserves to be heard' David Lammy MP

`Unputdownable and bristling with insights about grime and the city it was born in. Anyone with any interest in grime, you need to be reading this, trust me' Jeffrey Boakye, author of Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime

'It says something about the last two decades that the first real history of 21st century London comes in the form of a book about grime. Hancox tells the story of a city and a music scene with restraint, humour and anger' Owen Hatherley, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain

`Riveting... Grime, black music's rawest response against social injustice, has the chronicler it deserves. Hancox is a tremendous guide' Kitty Empire, Observer

`An essential look at the birth of grime and its relationship with London, setting it against the backdrop of pirate radio, gentrification, urban protest, riots and police harassment' Trench

`A dazzling book' Ellie Mae O'Hagan

`An amazing book... phenomenal' Mostly Lit Podcast

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